In the trenches

Did 1,000 words this morning, in less than an hour. I’m going to tell myself that’s good. Quantity wise at least. The quality will come with the rewrites. Won’t it?

Have to say it is a bit of a struggle. Getting into work early to write requires my wife bringing the kids to school and, with the weather this week, that’s not a very nice thing to do really. Leaving my wife to walk or bus it in the driving rain. I’m a bad husband and daddy! At least when my wife asks, still dripping with rain, how did you do, I can say ‘1,000 words’.

I would love to get a week from work (and my family – can I say that?) and make some serious progress. My novel is dragging out a bit and I feel the end is still a good way off. And I know once I reach that, I have some serious organising and rewriting to do before it can be even be called a first draft.

I’ve been concentrating on one of my three main characters for a while now and I feel I have almost lost the other two and need to start getting into their heads again very soon.

Time is a problem. I can’t get around that. I feel jealous when I glance at blogs of other writers and they have most of the day. But some full time writers have told me loads of time is not necessarily a good thing and I can understand that too.

So out of the trench of crime fiction and side-stepping into the fetid trench of crime fact.


About Cormac O'Keeffe

I've written a novel. And, it's going to be published. This April. Mad, or what? It's entitled 'Black Water' and is a crime novel set in Dublin's gangland, along the evocative Grand Canal. This blog is about that bumpy journey, which is about to get really exciting. You'll also find some photography on this blog, particularly snaps that relate to my novel, much of it centred along the canal. There are also some reviews, both fiction and non-fiction, many of them published in the Irish Examiner, a daily national newspaper in Ireland. I work as security correspondent there and have specialist interests in crime, drugs, policing, the justice system, communities and human rights. Both my personal life and my professional life have fed into my novel, or, rather, have been poured into it. My novel was granted a literature bursary by the Irish Arts Council in September 2014 and my journalistic work has won multiple awards from the Law Society of Ireland over many years, most recently in 2015.
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